Mastodon - The Hunter


8.2 | 660 votes |
Release date: 27 September 2011
Style: Progressive stoner metal

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01. Black Tongue
02. Curl Of The Burl
03. Blasteroid
04. Stargasm
05. Octopus Has No Friends
06. All The Heavy Lifting
07. The Hunter
08. Dry Bone Valley
09. Thickening
10. Creature Lives
11. Spectrelight
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow
14. The Ruiner [limited-edition bonus]
15. Deathbound [limited-edition bonus]

The best Stoner / Sludge Metal album of 2011

Staff review by
BitterCOld
Rating:
8.1
With The Hunter, Mastodon are out of their element. Or rather out of elements. Fortunately, after releasing albums loosely themed about fire, water, earth, and air, the Georgia quartet ignored Metalstormers' pleas for a Captain Planet album to tie it all together.

So as for the new album, the immediate TL;DR is this: If you were expecting Leviathan 2.0 or Remission MMXII, you'll likely be disappointed. If you were cool with Crack The Skye, it's a safe bet you will enjoy this one as well.

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published 28.09.2011 | Comments (38)

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19.01.2011 - 11:09
Rating: 9
Arcticus
Is there any source to confirm this? Haven't heard anything official as yet...
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19.01.2011 - 16:00
Rating: 8
Chobo_jokeR
Mastodon posted on their facebook page that they were writing new material, but as far as recording I don't know.
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14.02.2011 - 06:24
3rdWorldFuckFace
Account deleted
I wish it is a new studio album but if so then will it stand up to their previous
works?? bcuz it seems like too early a time to record a follow-up.......
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24.03.2011 - 08:35
DjentDude
So its wind this time around? Soft and flowing like CtS but still Heavy and stormy and blowing like Leviathan? that would be cool. A middle ground
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28.04.2011 - 10:30
TEA_DEMON
Apparently this is going to be in the same vein as leviathan and less progressive, so it should be good knowing mastodon.
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03.05.2011 - 05:41
Death_95
Can't wait.
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13.06.2011 - 14:16
Rating: 8
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 19.01.2011 at 16:00

Mastodon posted on their facebook page that they were writing new material, but as far as recording I don't know.



Even on Metalinjection website!!

\m/
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16.06.2011 - 21:04
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
I don't like the album title... Well, I guess I just have to wait for the music.
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23.06.2011 - 05:34
Lit. Metalhead
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The Octopus Has No Friends?
Sounds like something the Beatles would write.
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23.06.2011 - 14:13
Death_95
Written by Guest on 23.06.2011 at 05:34

The Octopus Has No Friends?
Sounds like something the Beatles would write.

LOL
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08.07.2011 - 13:15
Rating: 8
Mistp
Mastodon must really love their drugs to come up with those song titles and cover art.. but then again.. they've always put out some whacky stuff. can't wait for to hear the songs
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01.08.2011 - 01:41
Rating: 7
infernaldeath87
The Hunter and Unto The Locust both come out on my birthday!!! CAN"T WAIT!!!
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03.08.2011 - 21:55
John Shock
I love their new song, named "Black Tongue"! Wow!
\m/
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08.08.2011 - 20:23
Rating: 10
The Benighted
Sounds like a return to Leviathan-style from what I've heard thus far. Definitely interesting in seeing how it pans out.
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Learn to adapt to the change, or get washed away like tears in the rain.
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25.08.2011 - 19:05
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Guest on 23.06.2011 at 05:34

The Octopus Has No Friends?
Sounds like something the Beatles would write.

LOL
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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19.09.2011 - 00:52
John Shock
I read about this album on wikipedia (i know wikipedia lies but, doesn't lie in everything) and much other places and i'm definitly going on this album! :-) ...i have good hopes on this one and i hope those reviews i've read could be true! :-)

Mastodon rules! \m/
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20.09.2011 - 06:43
Dolo
So the album has leaked. Thoughts? It feels like it's pretty much back to basics on this album. I miss the long epic songs from CtS, as well as the stellar production quality. Not bad, but not their best.
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20.09.2011 - 09:51
RockeRoy
I have listen through The hunter a couple of times, and it's good.. just not shure how good yet. But the riffing are heavy, vocals are exprimental, but mainly clean or "Semi growling" the drums are fantastic as always and the bass is prominent in the mix, which is good... I have to give it a couple of more spinns before i can give a rating though
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You found god? If nobody claims him in thirty days, he's yours

Walk with me in hell
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21.09.2011 - 00:43
Ankläger
It sounds like a melodic ("modern") Remission to me...
I wish they'd play sludge again.
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21.09.2011 - 10:43
Rating: 10
The Benighted
Album of the year? Maybe...I'll have to give it a few more spins but oh man they hit the nail on the head with this one.
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21.09.2011 - 12:20
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Ankläger on 21.09.2011 at 00:43

It sounds like a melodic ("modern") Remission to me...
I wish they'd play sludge again.


Huh, a modern melodic Remission?
It is a natural progression from Crack The Skye, it once again misses the brilliance of the first two albums. This one is once again sludge light (just like Crack the Skye)
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Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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21.09.2011 - 18:58
Rating: 8
BitterCOld
Gringo
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.09.2011 at 12:20

Written by Ankläger on 21.09.2011 at 00:43

It sounds like a melodic ("modern") Remission to me...
I wish they'd play sludge again.


Huh, a modern melodic Remission?
It is a natural progression from Crack The Skye, it once again misses the brilliance of the first two albums. This one is once again sludge light (just like Crack the Skye)


i like it, and it does have some of the energy of the earlier work with parts and structures reminiscent of Crack The Skye at times. I'd say it is closer to a step back than a continued progression of CTS. i wouldn't even call CTS sludge light. this one is, CTS wasn't... we put it in Alternative Metal for the MSA's.
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21.09.2011 - 20:47
Rating: 9
Kass
St. Anger
I like it, another crazy album from these psycho dudes.

Why Brent Hinds's voice always reminds me of Ozzy's, I'm I the only one?
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22.09.2011 - 09:47
Rating: 9
afu
I love the sound of this album. I love trippy shit and this one is swaying into Monster Magnet's musical territory in a couple of places, but with more elaborate songs. Maybe if Magnet, Tool, and Led Zeppelin's albums became self-aware and had a massive orgy it would give birth to the more atmospheric songs. Dopes To Infinity + Lateralus + Physical Graffiti. Those are my points of reference....

These songs are cool. I can't wait to go buy this.
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22.09.2011 - 20:40
Rating: 8
@gent_-_orange
Written by Guest on 23.06.2011 at 05:34

The Octopus Has No Friends?
Sounds like something the Beatles would write.

Ironically one of the songs on the album (I think its The Hunter) Pay tribute to a song by the Fab Four.
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23.09.2011 - 05:20
Rating: 9
afu
Written by @gent_-_orange on 22.09.2011 at 20:40

Written by Guest on 23.06.2011 at 05:34

The Octopus Has No Friends?
Sounds like something the Beatles would write.

Ironically one of the songs on the album (I think its The Hunter) Pay tribute to a song by the Fab Four.


I am wondering if the Octopus is Brann. The Walrus is Paul......

Hunter's lyrics "Love you make......." is from Beatles' Abbey Road album, which is excellent. The Beatles song is called The End; it's good for a late-era "Paul" song and makes up for Maxwell's Silver Hammer.
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23.09.2011 - 18:13
Rating: 8
@gent_-_orange
Written by afu on 23.09.2011 at 05:20

Written by @gent_-_orange on 22.09.2011 at 20:40

Written by Guest on 23.06.2011 at 05:34

The Octopus Has No Friends?
Sounds like something the Beatles would write.

Ironically one of the songs on the album (I think its The Hunter) Pay tribute to a song by the Fab Four.


I am wondering if the Octopus is Brann. The Walrus is Paul......

Hunter's lyrics "Love you make......." is from Beatles' Abbey Road album, which is excellent. The Beatles song is called The End; it's good for a late-era "Paul" song and makes up for Maxwell's Silver Hammer.


Yeh Thats it, Its a good album but I havent heard it in ages though , But enough of the off topic, This album is really good currently sitting around the 8/10 mark for me.
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23.09.2011 - 19:50
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
Got my copy today, apparently it's released earlier here in Belgium than it says on the official page.
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23.09.2011 - 20:20
Saeed_P
Again another great album from an awesome band!
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26.09.2011 - 02:22
Death_95
A masterpiece.
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